The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on behalf of John Freshwater, the loony science teacher who burned a cross into a student’s arm and has a long history of abusing his position to proselytize for Christianity. The Columbus Dispatch reports:
The Ohio Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal filed by a Mount Vernon teacher fired for teaching creationism and religious doctrine in his middle-school science classroom.
The 4-3 decision allows for oral arguments before the court later this year.
John Freshwater says that his rights to free speech and academic freedom were violated when he was fired by the Mount Vernon school board in January 2011 following allegations that he failed to remove religious materials from his classroom and burned crosses on students’ arms during science experiments.
The court ruled that Freshwater can argue his case on two points: Whether it is unconstitutional to fire a teacher without giving him a clear indication of which materials or teaching methods are acceptable; and whether expressing one’s personal religious beliefs are grounds for dismissal.
Hmmm. So they said he can argue those two points, but those were only very minor factors involved in his firing. The fact that he improperly used a piece of equipment and burned the skin of students alone justifies the firing, but when you add in all of the other things he did that were clearly designed to push his religious views on students, this is a no-brainer. That guy shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a public school classroom.